Where do we draw the line between “appropriate” forms of cultural exchange and more damaging patterns of cultural appropriation?
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Cultural appropriation has turned cultural items and customs from communities of color — which are usually born of precolonial legacy AND historical trauma, resilience and survival — into an economic currency that in no way benefits the groups from which they were stolen. Please watch this video to learn how we often perpetuate cultural appropriation so we can stop.
When the University of Exeter chose the theme “Tribal” for their annual Safer Sex ball, the reaction was mixed. Some argued that the theme was racist, while others countered that it was “just a bit of banter.” Check out popular vlogger Rosianna Halse Rojas’s response to her former university’s choice of dance theme, and the discussion happening within the community about its problematic aspects.
Are big companies and capitalism the ones responsible for the harm of cultural appropriation? Don’t pass off the blame – here’s how we participate in this system.
These common gestures can have good intentions, but they cause more harm than good. If you want to appreciate a culture, make sure you’re not actually appropriating it in one of these ways.
“It doesn’t hurt anyone.” We see these responses to the topic of cultural appropriation all the time. Does Chescaleigh’s breakdown correct any misconceptions you believe?
Cultural appropriation is a touchy subject – and this author’s story of generational differences, assimilation, and culture clash will show you how it’s even more complicated than you think.
If cultural appropriation doesn’t seem like a big deal to you, you’re missing something big. Here’s what you need to know.
You’re not trying to defend cultural appropriation without realizing what it is, are you? Get an informed perspective with this info.
Even if you know how cultural appropriation adds to racism, you might still be wondering how to make sure you don’t appropriate someone else’s culture. These questions can keep you from making a hurtful mistake.
So you’re a fan of all things “zen” – but are you really hurting anyone by culturally appropriating Buddhism? Actually, yes – and here’s how.
You’re not trying to be hurtful with your yoga practice. But this guide shows how you can cause harm through cultural appropriation – and what to do instead.
With Coachella just passed and more festivals on the way, it’s time to talk about “Native-inspired” music festival fashion. These perspectives will make you think twice before reaching for the fake headdress.
The bindi, the sari, henna – if you want to appreciate these South Asian accessories, you need to know how to do it without causing harm. This guide tells you what these accessories really mean, and when it’s acceptable to wear them.
You don’t have to give up delicious foods from other cultures to avoid appropriation. But here’s how you can get that deliciousness without ordering up a side of oppression.
Native American headdresses are just the start – you really need to know about why all these popular outfits are so disrespectful.
Can African Americans appropriate African cultures? This author had to stop, listen, and think when she came across this tough question – and here’s what she found out.
Are you stuck on the idea that you’re being told you “can’t” do something if it’s an act of cultural appropriation? You might be missing the point. Here’s a different perspective to try instead.
The cushion that is fiction can lead writers to support their stories with the argument that it’s a made-up reality, that is, that it’s just a movie, just a TV show, just a book. But it’s never “just.”
You’ve probably heard examples of white folks appropriating culture from people of color – but what about when people of color do it to each other? Here’s some important context to consider.